Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm
hosted by David Latulippe
David Latulippe

KALW’s weekly magazine of all things - Culturally - considered, hosted by David Latulippe. 

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Thu April 30, 2015
Arts & Culture

Donato Cabrera ~ SFS Youth Orchestra ~ California Symphony ~ Book of Mormon ~ Heart of Darkness

Donato Cabrera

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to conductor Donato Cabrera, about his upcoming concerts and tour with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and about his concert, this weekend, with the California Symphony featuring the world premiere of a work by composer-in-residence Dan Visconti, who will also be in the studio; UK composer Tarik O’Regan stops by to discuss the US premiere of his opera ‘Heart of Darkness’ in a new production by Opera Parallèle at Z Space in San Francisco, opening on May 1, and singer/actor A.J. Holmes, who plays Elder Cunningham in the musical The Book of Mormon, shares details about the successful musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which is back at the SHN/Orpheum in San Francisco.

Open Air with David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, April 30 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 


Thu April 23, 2015
Arts & Culture

Isfahan Blues ~ The Rise of Humanity ~ Magic Flute in San Jose ~ Summer Reading

Vida Ghahremani, L. Peter Callender and Sofia Ahmad (left to right) in Isfahan Blues.
Alessandra Mello

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks to composer Stacy Garrop and conductor and artistic director Robert Geary of the San Francisco Choral Society about the world premiere of The Rise of Humanity, the second movement of Garrop’s composition Terra Nostra; also, a conversation with baritone Matthew Hanscom, member of Opera San Jose’s resident ensemble, who sings the role of Papageno in the current production of Mozart’s Magic Flute; African-American Shakespeare Company’s artistic director L. Peter Callender and Bay Area jazz maestro Marcus Shelby discuss the world premiere of Isfahan Blues, a new play inspired by Duke Ellington’s 1963 tour of Iran, produced in cooperation with Golden Thread Productions; and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson talks about Bay Area bookstores and gives some recommendations for summer reading. 

His tips for summer reading are:

The Road to Character - David Brooks

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther) - Philip Kerr

Dead Wake - Erik Larson

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

For questions: SF Literary Society 415-381-6671

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, April 23 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 


Tue April 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

Talley's Folly ~ Girl Chorus & Children's Crusade ~ Pianist Igor Levit ~ Sing for America

Sally (Lauren English) tends to an injured Matt (Rolf Saxon) in Aurora Theatre Company’s production of 'Talley’s Folly'
David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Tom Ross and Joy Carlin, about Aurora Theatre Company’s production of ‘Talley’s Folly’, the first play of ‘The Talley Trilogy’ by one of the most prolific and revered American playwrights of the 20th century, Lanford Wilson; also a conversation with artistic director Lisa Bielawa of the SF Girls Chorus about the West Coast premiere of Kinderkreuzzug, an anti-war cantata by German-Turkish composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, based on a text by Bertolt Brecht; Russian-German pianist Igor Levit discusses his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271; plus, soprano Morgan Harrington talks about her performance at the Sing for America concert at the Palace of Fine Arts this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 16 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...


Wed April 8, 2015
Arts & Culture

Geoff Hoyle & Lear's Shadow ~ San Francisco Wind Ensemble ~ Orff's Carmina Burana ~ Art Lectures

The San Francisco Wind Ensemble...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle about his new solo show ‘Lear’s Shadow’, currently showing at The Marsh in San Francisco; also Ryan Blauvelt, board member and percussionist of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, about this weekend’s concert at Aragon High School in San Mateo, which concludes the SFWE’s third season; also, music director Mark Sumner of the UC Alumni Chorus stops by to share details about their performance of Orff's ‘Carmina Burana’ at the Berkeley Community Theater, in collaboration with Smuin Ballet; plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses the new movie ‘Woman in Gold’ and art lectures at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday April 9 at 1pm.


Wed April 1, 2015
Arts & Culture

Switchboard Music Festival ~ Real Vocal String Quartet ~ King Lear in Puppets ~ April Music Picks

Real Vocal String Quartet
Lenny Gonzales

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe welcomes Annie Philips, co-director of the Switchboard Music Festival, to discuss this weekend’s festival at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, and she brought the members of the Real Vocal String Quartet who will also play live in the studio; also, Greg MacKellan, Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon stops by to talk about a new production that he directs of the musical Nick & Nora, its first since the 1991 Broadway premiere; husband and wife team Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller from The Independent Eye visit to discuss their adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear for which they built and operate (as rest of the cast) almost 30 self-built puppets, ranging in size from finger puppets to life-size specimen; plus, regular contributor and Classical Music Writer Janos Gereben looks ahead at interesting musical events in the month of April.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday April 2 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...